Bits & Pieces


Arlington National Cemetery


Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.


Know the line has held, your job is done.


Rest easy, sleep well.


Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.


Peace, peace and farewell...


Readers may be interested to know that the wreaths shown above—some 5,000—were donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provided the wreaths, but covered the trucking expense as well. He’s done this since 1992. A wonderful and caring person. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to Washington, D.C. with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one of the poorest parts of the state.



Phyllis Erwin Rankin, of Grants Pass Oregon, reports that her grandson, Brandon J. Rankin, will be home for Christmas. Now there are probably many sons and grandsons that will be home for the Holidays, but Brandon is a cadet at West Point Military Academy, and will graduate in June 2007. Seeing him will be a special treat for the whole family.

Cadet Rankin’s first duty station as a new “shave tail” will be Fort Rucker, Alabama. There he will be taught the fine  art of flying helicopters.

Brandon is a great-grandson of Michael Raymond Erwin (1915-1984) and Alma Bernice Lynch Erwin (1918-1995). He is also a sixth-great-grandson of Captain Thomas Lockridge Cowan (1747-1817), a veteran of the Revolutionary War.


Mysteries of Life


·          Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

·          If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

·          Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

·          Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?

·          Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?

·          Why do "tug" boats push their barges?

·          Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?

·          Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?

·          Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?

·          Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?

·          Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?

·          Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?

·          Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?

·          If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

·          If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

·          If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

·          If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?

·          Why is a bra singular and panties plural?

·          Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

·          Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?

·          Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?

·          Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

·          Why do they call a TV a set when you only have one?

·          Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?


The Bits & Pieces column is intended to be a bulletin board for our extended family. The list of items on it is often short, not—it is suspected—because the list of family events was short, but because the Bagpiper editor was not informed of various family happenings. This newsletter is purely for the benefit of our extended family. It needs the participation of everyone to make it interesting and informative. Please...remember to inform your newsletter of births, deaths, graduations, marriages, special events, etc., etc.                                                                           -Editor



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